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Ordinary MedicineO much intervention Their stories anchor Ordinary Medicine Today’s medicine Kaufman contends shapes nearly every American’s experience of growing older and ultimately medicine is undermining its own ability to function as a social good Kaufman’s careful mapping of the sources of our health care dilemmas should make it far easier to rethink and renew medicine’s goals. Ordinary Medicine is one of those books that is simultaneously deeply disturbing and enlightening Having lived through the reality of both of my elderly parents being offered and accepting and demanding extraordinary medical treatments that extended but at a huge cost in all ways their lives by perhaps a few years reading this book was validation of the ethical complexities of it all Where to draw the line indeed is the multi billion dollar uestion we all need to ask ourselves

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Storm’s “ is better” approach to medicine a nearly invisible chain of social economic and bureaucratic forces that has made once extraordinary treatments seem ordinary necessary and desirable Since Kaufman has listened to hundreds of older patients their physicians and family members express their hopes fears and reasoning as they faced the line between enough and to. Although published by an academic press this book is written in easy prose and many non academic readers would find this book relevant and interesting Kaufman tackles the fundamental uestion facing medicine in the US today while it is possible to extend human life longer and longer with new technologies how much is too much She points out that the medical industrial complex as well as Medicare force doctors to provide new technologies for old patients But should decisions on what options patients have be influenced by the interests of the industry Should we prioritize patients over 65 in medical care just because they have Medicare when so many younger Americans don't even have access to basic healthcare While a lot of what the author says specifically applies to the US especially about the politics of insurance do not apply to many other contexts that have universal health care I think the uestions she discuses are prominent in many other societies as well My mother's friend's husband in his late 50s recently had severe brain damage in Japan and he is brain dead but he is being kept alive by latest medical technologies Doctors cannot stop this treatment because doing so would be eual to murder but is this really the best option for him and his family when his wife does not have a job and keeping him alive for an unextended period of time costs tons of money Ultimately as Kaufman argues there should be a nation wide and global discussion about what is ethically agreeable care especially for the old the brain dead and the chronically ill

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Summary Ordinary Medicine è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ ✾ [EPUB] ✶ Ordinary Medicine By Sharon R. Kaufman ❦ – Gym-apparel.co.uk Most of us want and expect medicine’s miracles to extend our lives In today’s aging society however the line between life giving therapies and too much treatmeMost of us want and expect medicine’s miracles to extend our lives In today’s aging society however the line between life giving therapies and too much treatment is hard to see it’s being obscured by a perfect storm created by the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries along with insurance companies In Ordinary Medicine Sharon R Kaufman investigates what drives that. Thanks to NetGalley and Duke University Press for the opportunity to read and review an advance reader's copy of Ordinary MedicineIn Ordinary Medicine Extraordinary Treatments Longer Lives and Where to Draw the Line Sharon R Kaufman a medical anthropologist poses the uestion of “when where and how to draw the line” when it comes to medical care for the aging particularly toward the end of life Kaufman states that “a nearly invisible chain of social economic and bureaucratic forces has made once extraordinary treatments seem ordinary necessary and desirable She provides a well researched portrayal of the operations of the US health care system and examines the fine line between providing “enough” treatment to older adults vs over treatment or “too much” thereby increasing uantity of life without necessarily increasing uality Kaufman refers to this as “a perfect storm created by the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries along with insurance companies” She details how research and clinical trials contribute to new treatments what treatments are subseuently funded by Medicare and thus all private insurers as well how treatments come to be considered standard and necessary and concerns of fairness and ethics with a variety of medical issues Kaufman mentions several changes in the field of medicine that have been the focus of widespread concern and that I have noticed as well during a career in the health care field including • Too much life sustaining but death prolonging technology is being used at the end of life • Drug companies are increasingly paying physicians to promote their products • Expensive tests devices and procedures are overused • Drug costs have skyrocketed yet the new drugs don’t necessarily offer better results than existing treatmentsKaufman further affirms that “In the United States today most deaths regardless of a person’s age have come to be considered premature” She says that “the particularly American ethos of ‘ is always better’ underlies the high tech and aggressive approaches to treatment She then delves into what she considers the four primary drivers and provides patient vignettes to illustrate each 1 The biomedical research industry and mushrooming clinical trials engine 2 Medicare and private insurance determination of whether specific therapies devices or procedures should be reimbursable 3 The ensuing standards of care that arise once a therapy is reimbursable by insurance and 4 The resulting ethical difficulty or even impossibility for physicians patients and families to refuse a specific therapy once it is deemed standard Ordinary Medicine is definitely not a light uick read It is along the lines of a dissertation or very long journal article about the issues involved in end of life care with many notations and references along the way For this reason I think the book may appeal so to those with some health care background or at least those with a strong interest in learning about the influence of social economic political ethical and cultural forces on US health care